12 Audi, VW cars pass emis­sions tests

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Jhoo Dong-chan jhoo@ktimes.com

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment has ap­proved 12 Audi and Volk­swa­gen ve­hi­cle mod­els in emis­sions and noise tests. The Volk­swa­gen Tiguan, which had once been the na­tion’s most pop­u­lar for­eign SUV model, was in­cluded on the list.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and in­dus­try ob­servers, Wed­nes­day, Audi Volk­swa­gen Korea re­cently ap­plied to the gov­ern­ment for ap­proval of their 12 diesel ve­hi­cle mod­els and they all passed the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion tests of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of En­vi­ron­ment Re­search (NIER).

“We de­liv­ered the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Volk­swa­gen Tiguan SUV and Ar­teon sedan early this week and will do the same with the re­main­ing 10 mod­els soon,” a NIER of­fi­cial said.

Along with the two mod­els, the Ger­man car­maker’s unit here ap­plied for the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Audi Q7, R8, A4, A6 and A7 as well as the Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat sedan.

The NIER has con­ven­tion­ally car­ried out lab tests to check the ve­hi­cle’s emis­sions level, but re­port­edly em­ployed var­i­ous road tests to see the real emis­sions level be­cause of the Ger­man car­maker’s track record.

Now, they can sell the ap­proved mod­els af­ter reg­is­ter­ing the specifi- cation in­for­ma­tion with the Min­istry of Land, In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port.

“The Volk­swa­gen Tiguan was the most pop­u­lar SUV model be­fore last year’s diesel gate scan­dal. And the Volk­swa­gen Ar­teon is a suc­ces­sor of the CC. Still, a num­ber of cus­tomers ask about when both mod­els will be avail­able in Korea,” an in­dus­try ob­server said. The CC sedan is a pop­u­lar four-door fast­back model.

“What re­ally mat­ters is how to win back the na­tion’s cus­tomer trust,” he said.

Along with the 12 mod­els’ ap­proval in emis­sions and noise, the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment has also ap­proved Audi Volk­swa­gen Korea’s plan to re­call 82,290 cars. Nine mod­els in­clude vol­ume mod­els like Pas­sat, Golf and Jetta.

Since the gov­ern­ment’s sales ban, Volk­swa­gen Korea has had vir­tu­ally no sales here since Novem­ber.

The gov­ern­ment or­dered the Korean unit to is­sue a re­call in Novem­ber 2015 af­ter Volk­swa­gen ad­mit­ted it cheated in emis­sions tests around the world.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment re­quested the car­maker sub­mit its plan to re­call 125,522 af­fected ve­hi­cles.

As well as the ban in Au­gust, the min­istry fined the com­pany 17.8 bil­lion won ($16 mil­lion).

Volk­swa­gen Tiguan SUV

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